AUSTRALIA – SBS today announced the next two artists who will join Vanessa Amorosi and Casey Donovan on the Gold Coast in February: Rising First Nations artist Mitch Tambo and multi award-winning singer-songwriter and actor iOTA. Each will perform an original song for their chance to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
With a musical style that blends traditional sounds and language with contemporary beats and production, Mitch Tambo is a new voice for a generation seeking music that cuts across cultures. Wearing his trademark headpiece of Dhinawan feathers and the crest of the Murray, a totem of his people, the Melbourne-based singer came to national attention earlier this year through a series of unforgettable live performances on Australia’s Got Talent – including a moving in-language performance of John Farnham’s ‘You’re the Voice’. Tambo’s music seems a perfect fit for Eurovision. “Eurovision songs often mix elements of traditional and contemporary sounds, which is exactly what I set out to do in my own music. Most importantly, it brings different cultures together all under the banner of music, which is a beautiful thing!”
“Mitch Tambo has 500-watt charisma in person, it’s like meeting Robbie Williams. But most importantly, when he sings it’s with great passion and inclusive spirit,” shares Paul Clarke, Creative Director of Eurovision – Australia Decides.
“I’m thrilled to be part of Eurovision Australia Decides in 2020 and to get the chance to perform on the world’s biggest stage,” says Mitch Tambo.
iOTA is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, stage and screen actor, writer, composer and voice-over artist. His stage career highlights include performances in Smoke & Mirrors, Hedwig & the Angry Inch and The Rocky Horror Show. iOTA has also appeared in films, Mad Max: Fury Road and The Great Gatsby and has released seven critically-acclaimed albums.
“I’m not your typical music competition kind of guy, but I am attracted to the Eurovision Song Contest for the colour and movement, music and performance, light and shade, creativity and self-expression, singing and working an audience,” says iOTA.
iOTA’s unique and extraordinary talents have been recognised with an ARIA Award nomination for Best Album and four Helpmann Awards, as well as Green Room and Sydney Theatre Critics’ Awards.
Paul Clarke, Creative Director of Eurovision – Australia Decides, gives us a taste of what to expect from iOTA. “We have a brilliant song and stage moment in mind with him, which I can promise will deliver plenty of drama, along with more than a touch of mischief and danger.”
With the first four artists now announced, we have six more to reveal in the coming weeks.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Mitch and iOTA to this really exciting line-up. Together with Casey Donovan and Vanessa Amorosi, these four artists start to give fans an indication of the scale, diversity and raw creativity that will be at the heart of Eurovision – Australia Decides 2020. With six more acts still to announce, this is going to be an epic show!” promises SBS Commissioning Editor for Entertainment, Josh Martin.
In association with the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland, the City of Gold Coast, Screen Queensland and new partner Moroccanoil, Eurovision – Australia Decides will be presented at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 February. Tickets for the Opening Night Show, Matinee Show and Live TV Final are now on sale. Click here to purchase tickets.
Hosted by SBS Eurovisionaries comedian Joel Creasey and music buff Myf Warhurst, Eurovision – Australia Decides will showcase the best of Australian music and bring the nation closer to the Eurovision action. Audiences are encouraged to vote for their favourite acts and the winner will be revealed during the Live TV Final, broadcast live and exclusively on SBS on Saturday 8 February.